Whybrow Designs Liverpool Philharmonic Wayfinding

Whybrown Wayfinding (London), working with architects Caruso St John and graphic designers Sara De Bondt studio, developed a new wayfinding scheme for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall has long been an acclaimed and integral part of the cultural life of Liverpool, as both a concert hall and cinema, hosting around 250 events each year. The venue was rebuilt following a major fire in the 1930s, and has since undergone refurbishment programs, the most recent of which was led by architects Caruso St John on the 1939 Grade II-listed concert hall, which marked its 75th anniversary in 2014.

Whybrow's wayfinding scheme was inspired by the concert hall's art deco architecture. New canopy lettering--set in Gill Sans--features exaggerated mirror-polished stainless steel returns. Interior wayfinding was applied in a simple, stripped-back style: silkscreen printed directly to walls and doors. The benefactors wall features more than 1,000 individually cut American White Oak discs carrying the names of various donors. The new "Music Room" building, located to the rear of the concert hall, will open in Autumn 2015. More on this project at Whybrow Wayfinding. 

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